"The first of the series of Contributions to American library history, the preparation of which has been undertaken by librarians representing the several states, the editing and publishing of which has been assumed by the Library of Congress."
"It is hoped to supplement this volume by a second, describing the history of the library since 1864, and a third describing the history of the other libraries of the government."
Appendixes: 1. Officers of the library, 1802-1864.--2. Members of the library committee.--3. Number of volumes in the library.--4. Legislative appropriations.--5. Catalogues, 1801-1864.--6. Classification of the library